Do you have an asbestos survey and report for your commercial property?
Last Updated on 10 October 2023
It’s essential you have an asbestos survey and report on your commercial property
Property portfolios come in all shapes and sizes; three shops, 200 Pharmacies, 1500 food retail outlets, Churches, Industrial Parks, Water Treatment Works and even a whole town! And a lot of these will require an asbestos report specifically for commercial property types.
An asbestos report is an important document for any commercial building, as it provides information on the presence and condition of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the building.
Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, if inhaled.
It’s important for property owners to be aware of the presence of asbestos in their buildings so that they can take appropriate measures to manage and, if necessary, remove it.
An asbestos report can help property owners identify any ACMs in their building, assess the risks associated with them, and develop a plan to manage them safely.
From shapes and sizes to different locations, RB Asbestos are lucky enough to have catered for most types of commercial property and assist property owners with their asbestos survey and accompanying report.
The fundamental principles are always the same when it comes to managing asbestos in commercial properties, but requirements vary greatly depending on the use of the property and any planned future refurbishment works.
What are the UK regulations on managing asbestos in commercial buildings?
It’s typically a requirement of UK asbestos regulations that property owners have an asbestos report for their commercial buildings.
Asbestos regulations in the UK are designed to protect workers and the public from the harmful effects of asbestos exposure.
The basic requirements for commercial properties in line with UK asbestos regulations are:-
- You must identify and manage any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in your building
- Have up to date asbestos surveys and information for all areas under your control
- You must implement an overall plan of asbestos management
- To carry out regular ‘condition inspection’ of asbestos containing materials ACM’s, at least annually
- Awareness training must be provided for maintenance operatives or property managers
If you are a commercial property owner in the UK, it’s important to be aware of these regulations and to ensure that your property is in compliance with them.
You can find more information on the UK asbestos regulations on the Health and Safety Executive website.
Get your commercial property inspected for asbestos
Need an asbestos survey and report for your commercial property? There are many companies in the market who will do a lot of the work for you, such as host your information on portals, Q Code your ACM’s and more.
However, the golden rule is this; your organisation must maintain overall control of the plan and the process. Our team have rescued a number of organisations tied into frameworks.
One particular scenario includes where an organisation would have asbestos removal works carried out, providing the information to the survey company to update the portal.
After this, the survey company refused, because they hadn’t monitored and inspected the work themselves. This meant the frontline information about the property is incorrect or out of date.
Where surveying companies really earn their stripes, is when major refurbishment programmes start across a portfolio of property.
As a survey company (on behalf of your client) you have to interface with contractors, architects, health and safety consultants and design teams to smooth out the process.
Contact RB Asbestos about your property portfolio
RB Asbestos have been involved with three major UK refurbishment programmes over twenty years for the same client.
We are on hand to answer queries, provide advice and attend meetings if required. Most of this we do at little or no cost to the client, as it is cemented in the trust of the relationship.
Our surveyors are all trained to assist everyone in the construction chain, so you don’t have to wait for an answer and avoid costly hold ups.
If you have a portfolio of commercial property of any kind and wish to review your process, or get an asbestos survey and report carried out, then talk to our Director Greg Byrne.
Greg has 30 years’ experience in the field and still enjoys helping out small organisations and large multi nationals alike.
Give us a call today on 0800 141 2676 if you require an asbestos report for your commercial property portfolio.
Or if you would like to book a consultation online, you can do so by providing us with a few quick details and completing our online contact form.